(The show airs in two parts on May 23 and May 24)
More than 20,000 people packed Chicago’s United Center to watch the celebrity-packed live taping of Oprah Winfrey’s second and third final shows.
Before the show even started, a man proposed to his girlfriend on-stage — who accepted as the audience cheered on. Among those in the audience: Oprah BFF Gayle King, former Chicago mayor Richard Daly, the Food Network’s Tyler Florence and NFL’s Emmitt Smith.
Tom Hanks hosted the first hour.
“Now Oprah, I know you do not like surprises. Let me see if I can put you at ease. There was an English playwright who said there’s no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved, and that is what tonight is all about… pulling off this little show at the United Center has been the best kept secrets,” he said.
The first guest was Tom Cruise (who did not jump on any couches). Joked Winfrey: “You looked like you were 10 when you on my show in 1988. And what was up with my hair?” She says he’s been on the show 12 times.